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Fresh Graduates: A Working Career or Higher Degree?

As you emerge into the world with your newly-minted bachelor’s degree, it can be difficult to decide on your next step. For those among you who are raring to begin earning your own keep, you’ve probably already begun scouring the job market for promising opportunities. However, many among you will also struggle to decide if you should enter the job market or further your education with a higher degree. As university degrees become increasingly common – university graduates constituted 27 per cent of Singapore’s resident population in 2013 – the need to attain a higher qualification in order to become more competitive appears more pressing than ever, and the Postgraduate Executive Fair 2015 is a good place to start. (Read More Here!)

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Why Working from Home is Not for Everyone

By Deanna Bonaparte

Anyone whose primary work tools are a computer and telephone can work from home. There are numerous benefits to gain from a telework arrangement – the most obvious ones being the ability to operate on flexible work hours and more time with friends and family. There is also no need to deal with workplace malaises stemmed from pretentious water cooler conversations, emotionally-draining involvement in office politics and negative judgment incurred from wearing the same blouse for two days in a row. (Read More Here!)

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Mid-Career Professionals: Time to Upgrade?

As an experienced working professional in Singapore, one of the reasons you may not be able to grow your careers in the desired direction is because of ‘qualification inflation’, whereby a large proportion of degree graduates enter the workforce every year. To distinguish yourself from your working peers, you may need to go beyond a Bachelor’s degree. And with the Postgraduate Executive Fair 2015 coming up next month, there’s never been a better time to upgrade yourself with a wide variety of further education courses. (Read More Here!)

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Why Your Company Should Host a Blood-Donation Drive

By Deanna Bonaparte

Healthcare services have been challenged to combat the shortage of blood donations for many years. To raise awareness of blood donation, the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) has adopted methods such as driving blood donation trucks around the city, hosting pop-up donation stations at office buildings and sharing emergency notices via social media. In fact, it has even come up with a novel way to continue its blood donation campaign through a mobile app. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: How Can I Make the Best Use of my Unemployment Period?

Question: I have just been laid-off from my previous job and am currently unemployed. I do not expect to be able to find a job right away. What can I do to ensure that I make the best use of my unemployment period and stand myself in good stead with my future employers? (Read More Here!)

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Why You Don’t Always Have to Hire the Best

By Deanna Bonaparte

At a job interview, an employer is prompted by instinct to select the best candidate out of an entire room of eager jobseekers. And ‘best’, as we know it, is epitomised by an unbroken string of ‘A’s reflected on one’s academic certificate and the pedigree of a top-notch institution. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: How Can I Effectively Manage From Another Time Zone?

Question: I am looking to set up small companies in various countries to expand my business. However, I worry that I would have a hard time managing a global team from many different time zones. What are some ways in which I can do so effectively?

Answer: It’s easy to feel disconnected from your team members from a separate office even when you’re all based within the same building, let alone from your team members in a different country. (Read More Here!)

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When It Is OK to Move Sideways Instead of Up

By Deanna Bonaparte

When it comes to your career path, upward isn’t the only direction to travel. A sideways or ‘lateral’ move – defined as a move either within your current company or to a new organisation with similar remuneration, responsibilities and a similar title – can often pay off in the future. For a business to compete effectively in today’s diverse and highly competitive markets, the demand for employees who have had experience in various aspects of the industry and have handled diversified portfolios is probably even higher than the demand for purely functional employees who have been given promotions because of their steadfast performance. (Read More Here!)

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When F1 Drivers Retire: Lessons for Senior Workers

By Desiree Yang

Formula One (F1) drivers are defined by their love and avid passion for cars and all things related to the automotive industry. While the expiration date on their careers typically looms when drivers approach their mid-thirties, few ever seek jobs outside of the motor racing or automotive industry. (Read More Here!)

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Navigating Workplace Taboos: Tattoos

By Deanna Bonaparte

Given the rapid pace at which social norms are being shattered and redefined today, one would hardly be surprised to learn that the meek, goody two-shoes next door has a palm-sized dragon tattoo brightly imprinted on her torso. The act of getting a tattoo is no longer synonymous with an act of rebellion, nor does having tattoos make one a hooligan. (Read More Here!)

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